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Emile Poirier has been sent to AHL Abbotsford.

It will be his first pro stint after completing his campaign with the QMJHL Gatineau Olympiques. He had 87 points and 129 penalty minutes in 63 games with Gatineau in 2013-14.
Apr 16 - 1:02 PM

Keegan Kanzig will report to AHL Abbotsford.

Kanzig had eight points and 99 penalty minutes in 63 WHL games this season. He was taken in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 16 - 1:00 PM

The AHL Abbotsford Heat will end its operations this spring.

Abbotsford was the Calgary Flames' AHL affiliate. The team is shutting down due to financial losses. The City of Abbotsford had 10-year agreement that guaranteed the team's local ownership $5.7 million in revenue regardless of whether or not the Heat were profitable. The Heat lost over $7 million over the first five years of the agreement and the city will pay $5.5 million to terminate the rest of the deal.
Source: Metro News
Apr 15 - 2:52 PM

Mark Giordano had been playing through a hand injury.

For that reason, Giordano won't aide Canada in the 2014 World Championship. He had 14 goals and 47 points in 64 games with Calgary this season.
Apr 15 - 9:59 AM

Mikael Backlund (thumb) will play for Team Sweden in the 2014 World Championship.

Backlund missed the final five games of the season due to his thumb injury. He had 18 goals and 39 points in 76 contests in 2013-14.
Apr 15 - 9:58 AM

Sean Monahan will join Team Canada for the 2014 World Championship.

It's an opportunity for Monahan to continue playing after scoring 22 goals and 34 points in 75 games as a rookie with the Calgary Flames. "I'm looking forward to that," said Monahan. "It's an honor, obviously. It's your country. I've played for Canada before and it's always a lot of fun, so it's going to be a pretty awesome experience."
Apr 15 - 9:56 AM

Calgary Flames President Brian Burke was blunt in his assessment of the Calgary Flames' 2013-14 campaign.

"The conclusion of a season that doesn't include playoffs is a failure," Burke said. "But it was not a lost or wasted season, at all. There were a lot of positives. We had a major culture shift." Calgary did far better as the season went on, but by then it was too little, too late. Part of Burke's philosophy is that big, tough teams win, so that should influence the type of guys Calgary pursues over the summer.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 15 - 9:30 AM

Paul Byron picked up a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for his hit on Daniel Sedin Sunday.

Byron could be hearing from the NHL for the hit as this is frowned upon and rightly so. "I didn't think it was a dirty hit. That wasn't my intention at all. I hope he's OK," Byron said. Stay tuned.
Apr 14 - 6:51 AM

Calgary goalie Karri Ramo had a bad night, allowing four goals on 20 shots en route to the Flames' 5-1 loss to the Canucks in Vancouver Sunday night.

Ramo was replaced in the third period by Joey MacDonald, who allowed a goal on three shots. Both the Flames and the Canucks finished out of the playoffs. Ramo finishes the regular season with a record of 17-15-4, a GAA of 2.65 and a save percentage of .211.
Apr 13 - 11:58 PM

John Gaudreau scored the Calgary Flames' only goal in their 5-1, season-ending loss to the Canucks in Vancouver on Sunday night.

Neither the Flames nor the Canucks qualified for the playoffs in a season to forget for both of these Canadian teams. Gaudreau signed an entry-level contract with the Flames on Friday and made his season debut in Vancouver. Gaudreau was an outstanding college player and could be a wise fantasy choice for next season.
Apr 13 - 11:39 PM

Bill Arnold inked a two-year, entry-level deal with the Flames on Friday and he'll suit up in Sunday's 2013-14 finale against Vancouver.

His NCAA career came to an end after Thursday's loss to Union College in the Frozen Four tournament. "Things are moving quickly right now," said Arnold on Friday. "I'm sure I'll look back at it and (process) how I feel. I'm just really happy right now and excited to get up there and play." He registered 14 goals and 39 assists in 40 games during his senior season with Boston College in 2013-14. Arnold was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by Calgary.
Apr 12 - 10:36 AM

John Gaudreau signed an entry-level contract with the Flames on Friday and he'll make his NHL debut on Sunday in Calgary's season finale.

Boston College was eliminated from the NCAA's Frozen Four tournament in a 5-4 loss to Union College on Thursday. Gaudreau enjoyed a spectacular season in 2013-14, where he racked up 36 goals and 80 points in 40 games en route to the Hobey Baker Award. He should be on your radar going into next season.
Apr 12 - 10:25 AM

Karri Ramo allowed four goals on 26 shots in Calgary's 5-3 loss to Calgary Friday night.

The loss ended Ramo's three-game winning streak and his record now stands in 17-14-4. He now has a 2.58 goals against average and .913 save percentage. Ramo started off the season slow, in part because he was coming off of ankle surgery, but he's improved as the campaigned progressed. It wouldn't be shocking to see him start approxiamtely 60 games in 2014-15 if he stays healthy.
Apr 12 - 5:06 AM

Jiri Hudler scored a goal and registered an assist in Calgary's 5-3 loss to Winnipeg Friday night.

Hudler now has five points in his last four games. He has been very impressive this season with the Flames and he now has 17 goals with 37 assists in 74 games. Rookie Sean Monahan and defenseman Kris Russell also scored for the Flames.
Apr 12 - 4:55 AM

Paul Byron returned to action Friday night against the Jets.

He missed Wednesday's game to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Byron registered an assist in the 5-3 loss to Winnipeg and now has 21 points in 46 games this season.
Apr 12 - 1:56 AM


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